13 July, 2024

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A Warning To Be Heeded

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Three Easters have passed since the fateful Easter in 2019 which plunged the entire country into shock and terror of a kind not seen even during the three-decade long war. The synchronized attack by a team of 10 suicide bombers took the lives of 272 persons and injured another 500 or more in a total of six simultaneous attacks- on three churches and three luxury hotels. The victims included entire families, parents with their children and also foreigners who had come to enjoy the warmth of Sri Lanka. The country virtually shut down for two months during which time people were living on rumours and afraid to venture into crowded areas. There was no logic in the attack in which one minority religious group targeted another minority religious group with whom there had been no prior local history of conflict. The Easter bombing undid all the reconciliation work that had been done since the war ended a decade earlier.

Amidst the chaos and speculations in the aftermath of the bombings, it was noted that some opposition politicians had not shown the same fear that gripped the rest of the country. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, then in the opposition, was one of the first at the scene of carnage giving comfort to the victims. Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, then an aspiring candidate for the presidency, immediately put himself forward as the most suitable candidate to contest from the opposition. He promised to save the nation in the way he had done by eliminating the LTTE a decade earlier and evoked a responsive chord in the terror-struck people who voted him to be president by a large majority.

The investigations by governments under three successive presidents, however, have not disclosed the truth of who was behind the attacks. The best that has been done so far, has been by the Supreme Court. This followed a Fundamental Rights case  filed by the Catholic Church and other citizens as no proper investigations were initiated by the government to provide legal redress. Having perused the investigation reports, it found former President Maithripala Sirisena and four senior security officials guilty of negligence in having failed to act on intelligence information that they had received. They all were subjected to fines, running into millions of rupees which the officials in particular would be hard pressed to pay. But the court did not identify who was the mastermind behind the bombings. So the search for the truth must continue. 

In a recent media interview Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith stated that the government investigations so far had been unsatisfactory. He said “The official channels of justice have not been fair to us all along. There has never been a serious, committed investigation into the Easter attack, its causes, its players and authors and any other forces…”  He said that a similar case could also be filed in the courts against the current president once he leaves office as he currently enjoys immunity. He pointed out that the president would not hold that position for all time but the Catholic Church would continue and those who came after him would also take up the cause.

Truth Commission 

In the absence of truth, there is no closure and suspicions only grow deeper. In his most recent statements Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has got more and more outspoken. The Cardinal said during Easter Midnight Mass in Colombo, “Now the Easter Attacks. How many years? Four years. Still no justice. Still, no one knows what happened. All kinds of things are being said by people. It is important that we struggle for justice; for truth. That is Christianity.”  In addition to demonstrating the unwavering resolve of the church to obtain justice, this was a clear example of how the Prevention of Terrorism Act that  was in place since 1979 failed to prevent the Easter bombing despite its draconian provisions that have led to a very large number of abuses. It is tragic that the present government seems to have lost sight of this lesson and is now proposing a worse alternative in the form of the draft Anti-Terrorism Act.

The government’s announcement that it will be setting up a truth commission to look into what happened in the three decade long civil war and bring about national reconciliation, will not deal with the Easter bombing. The concept note on the truth commission specifies it will be looking at “Conflict means the conflict that took place on or after July 24, 1983, and prior to May 18, 2009. Though not elaborated upon, this is the period of the separatist insurgency by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and other armed separatist groups who waged a guerrilla war. The mandate of the Commission will be, among others, the promotion of national unity, peace, rule of law, co-existence, equality with tolerance and respect for diversity, and reconciliation among the people of Sri Lanka, by establishing a truthful, accurate, impartial, complete record of the alleged damage and/or harm caused to persons or property (in the conflict)“ 

The period of investigation being limited to July 24, 1983 to May 18, 2009 is an indication that the truth commission’s mandate will be a limited one. It will only look at that time period in which the LTTE was the dominant Tamil militant organization. However, massive human rights violations continued to take place after the war’s end. Busloads of LTTE personnel and their families disappeared days after the war. Over 300,000 civilians were incarcerated in barbed wired camps for over six months in which many of them went missing, some who bribed themselves out and others who were taken away by the security forces. The ethnic conflict preceded the start date and continues after the end date making the mandate of the truth commission an inadequate one.

The specificity of the dates also raises a question whether only the ethnic war will be looked at by the truth commission or whether the JVP insurrection, which took place during that time frame (between 1987 and 1989) will also be investigated. A very large number of people lost their lives in that conflict which was separate from that of the ethnic conflict. The doubt arises because the formulation of the terms of reference of the truth commission has not been a public process and very much a secret one, quite unlike what happened in South Africa, which is the country that the government is seeking assistance from. In the coming days, the government may indicate what its intentions are, now that it seems to have decided to go ahead with the process.

President’s Pledge 

It is clear the Easter bombing and its fallout will not be part of the mandate of the proposed truth commission. The mandate of the truth commission will only extend up to May 18, 2009, the last day of the war. The exclusion of the Easter bombing from the mandate of the truth commission may be justified on the basis that it took place a decade after the war had ended. It was also only a single event, unlike the war which continued over a very long period. But the need for a truth commission to investigate the Easter bombing cannot be ignored as the truth of what happened continues to be veiled and hidden. The puzzle then, and which remains to this day, was the motivation for the attacks and who was behind them. 

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s determination to ensure that the truth be found may have its origins in the belief that the Christian worshipers were made scapegoats for a deviant political agenda. The dead have no voice to demand justice, so it is the duty of the living to seek the truth. This is one of the reasons for the importance given worldwide to truth commissions to investigate controversial events of the past. Instead of working together for accountability and justice, government leaders so far have shown little or no interest in ensuring accountability of those who were responsible for the Easter attack taking place. Unfortunately, it is no different in relation to the present economic crisis. There seems to be no action to explore the making of the crisis and the failure of the government to address the issue of accountability for those who wrecked the economy and continue to be in the seats of power. 

In his Easter message, President Ranil Wickremesinghe appeared responsive to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s sentiments when he said “I am very much aware of the extreme pain caused by the Easter Sunday attack being still fresh in your minds, and I share that pain. I wish to reassure you that the legal proceedings related to this tragic incident are being processed independently and impartially, without any influence. The necessary groundwork towards this end has been laid, to ensure justice for all the victims. I pledge my unwavering commitment to ensuring the security of our country, by preventing any recurrence of such heinous acts.” In addition to restating his commitment, the president can strengthen his credibility by taking steps to ensure that those who committed grave wrongs and evil, whether criminal or financial, are removed from positions of high office they do not merit.

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    If anyone interested read recent DBS article on DM. It’s about Ranil’ becoming next elected President. Rumors are , many from SJB , SLPP., SLFP and few fring party members joining Ranil in forming his own party to become the next elected president. Meantime Easter Mayhem as expected will be remembered only on it’s anniversary. What if MS joins Ranil this time in reversed roles ?????? It’s all about numbers 225 + 1 , not the 272.

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      Guys is this true or what. Sagara says Basil may be the SLPP Presidential candidate. If true, people who hate Ranil may not mind him continuing as President until death. Some who hate may even start loving him. Basil for President OMG . Even the thought makes me puke .

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        Can you imagine the thought of a nincompoop like basil contesting for the no 1 position in our country?
        Basil qualifications are illiteracy, crudeness, thievery, shamelessness, and lack of decency.
        Kaaak Kaaak kaputu kaaak bastard.
        They have the audacity to think a scumbag like Basil stands a chance?
        What a shitshow

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          H.T,
          “Can you imagine the thought of a nincompoop like basil contesting for the no 1 position in our country?”
          Since there a lot of nincompoop voters, I am stocking up on antidiarrheals.

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          HT,
          SRILANKEN journalists did not do the job properly. NOR do they yet today.
          If that were done, it would be very easy to reveal how Basil and Gota lived in America.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFfsU_24gHM

          If they were complicit in the crimes of that country, they could have been exposed easily.

          Developed countries will disclose their migrants and their A to Z for good reason, as their movements are captured by databases.

          If some data protection is the but in RAJAPAKSHES cases, they would have to reveal. How on earth, not a single brave journo was unable to do the job yet about PANDORA papers and other stuff ?

          It is impossible to hide how they collected huge amount of money like our hell created by Rajapakshe dogs.

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        “Even the thought makes me puke “
        Is it not a shade hypocritical?
        Given your constant assessment of the people here, wouldn’t that in your view be what they deserve?
        Something for you to celebrate I should say!

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          It’s constant assessment of few patients and not ( all) people. “Positive discrimination” is something for people, like you to celebrate I should say! Looks like you’re suffering from a heat stroke. Stay indoors and take a cold shower.

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    “Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s determination to ensure that the truth be found may have its origins in the belief that the Christian worshipers were made scapegoats for a deviant political agenda.”
    I don’t remember this very same Cardinal being so vociferous either in 1989 or post-2009. In 2009, many of those who disappeared were themselves Catholics. Does “truth” depend on who is affected?

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      old codger

      How is Channa Jeyasumana these days?
      He predicts there is going to be reshuffle after the end of this month which involves many horse trading, will have rats jumping ships, ….

      Do you think he is expecting a plump job from Ranil.
      Perhaps he may have to see nimal fernando (through backdoor) before he is invited to discuss available opportunities.

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        Native,
        “How is Channa Jeyasumana these days?”
        I believe he is making the most of his time as an MP, and qualify for his pension. He’s not likely to be elected or appointed next time, unless Lankan voters are stupider than I thought. Well, if Basil can make a comeback, why not CJ?

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      OC
      You are right.
      The cardinal was once competing with the yellowpets for Maras affection.
      See how tables turn.
      Ranjith got screwed over by Mara and co big time.
      That screwing opened his eyes to the truth.
      I don’t pity opportunists like Malcolm Ranjith one bit.
      Befriending a devil like Mara definitely has its consequences.

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        OC and HT,

        There is a very common sinhala proverb in Sri Lanka.
        .
        Like the cat that pooped on the rock.හරියට ගල උඩ අසූචි දාපු පූසා වගේ This is what came to my mind as soon as I read this. Reverend Malcolm Ranjith is no different from Hambantota MaRa HORA.

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      OC,
      “Does “truth” depend on who is affected?”
      Why is the doubt being entertained by anyone, including yours truly!??? That has been the case for decades after independence 72+ years ago!!! Scheming politicians with Raucous Religious who are basically “unwanted’ progeny and deemed burden on family resources, who have been brought in and ordained, therefore the results cannot be any better, scolding and barraging the citizens of other faiths into submission!!!
      This sort of Thackady behaviour of people belonging to the clergy has been allowed, especially since 1956 “Apey Anduwa” and then manifestly and more vigorously since the advent of the Colvin R De Silva’s constitutional architecture guided by Sirimavo and Felix RDB clan Republican constitution of 1972 – Article 2 or 3 (Please correct it accordingly), with premier/foremost and special position accorded to Buddhism in the basic Law of the country!!!
      Uninitiated Monkeys consider these as provisions for exploitation by these lackeys!!! Plundering Land and property of minority religious groups!!??
      So the ANSWER TO YOUR VALUED QUESTION IS A RESOUNDING YES!! HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH AND UNHRC NEEDS TO FOCUS ALL SL CITIZENS ARE’NT EQUAL IN ALL ASPECTS!!!
      UNDOUBTEDLY AFFIRMED!!!

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        HT and Mahila , think where the 3 months of Aragalay including loss of lives and property, prison time will end ,same old , same old 225 + 1.

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      OC
      Relative truth is all we know. Therefore, we can only follow the truth as we see it. Such pursuit of truth cannot lead anyone astray. Truth is relative.
      MK Gandhi
      I suppose the Cardinal is not trying hard.

  • 13
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    Truth will be never found in Sri Lanka because it involves very high powered Buddhist Fundamentalists who are part and partial of 75 years of Governance under Buddhist Fundamentalism. We all know the promises given by current President to investigate to find the mastermind behind the attack but the promises never become true.

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      A
      We all know that we cannot find that stuff here, so please tell us where you can find it.

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    By the way, just wondering what happened to the ruling by the supreme court for Sira & co. to compensate the victims of the tragedy? Did Sira manage to raise the funds by passing the hat or declared bankrupt?

    • 16
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      Raj, the man with no principles may join which ever government for sake of immunity. Though Sira hates Ranil , will not hesitate to patch up , for the same cause . A true political prosti _ tute.

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        Don’t forget that it was after Mara connived with gamarala sira to become PM and failed in October of 2018, that the Easter bombing plan was hatched.
        Sira has been a hypocrite /opportunist bastard from the beginning.
        Appa kaala panaapa balla ne oka.
        Sira didn’t get what he deserves.
        He deserves to be hung by his balls for purposely neglecting his duty as the president and wasting 272 lives.
        How I wish leaders are judged in proportion to their position in office.

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          Come to think of it, this bugger writing this article by the name of Jehan Perera was also once a regular ass licker of Mara and Co.
          Besides being a journalist he left his ethics aside to side with a traitor like Mara without a single shread of shame.
          Now Jehan Perera looks like the living dead and is trying to write a bit better, but the undertones are still there.
          Once an ass licker always an asslicker.
          The other such scavenger is that so called political scientist in the name of Dayan Jayathilaka who claims to come from some high and mighty family but behaves like a true low life.
          Do these scum feel the Sri Lankan citizens are dumb or blind?
          Shame on such people.

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            Dear HT and sensitive souls,

            Gehan Perera, DJ, Malin Seneviratne (SINHAHAL MAN’s mango friend), some “Island news paper” columnists, some MAWBIMA columnists, DM columinists and people hired regardless of educational qualifications have the same thing, that is “Sinhala dog gene”. This is not overlooked by my own eyes every time I visit Sri Lanka. I cant open my mouth, because I may be branded as a ” NGO” worker. To the manner JVPrs brutalized it in 89-92 era, they would tear off me into pieces and eat on the spot, if i OR THE like would reveal more.

            Like the workers of a pimp gang in european metropolitan cities, MARA who took a ride to destroy this nation (DA Rajapaksa’s gang of thieves) did the job in favour of his family and henchmen. That’s it. It was decorated and sugarcoated by YELLOW PETS (hired men in red robes) and (the othher MARA) MALCOM RANJITH company limited who are behaving today being speechless of his repeated betrayal.Malcom s indifference punished atleast 270 worshippers on that easter sunday attack injuring thousands.

            Tbc

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              Last year this time of the month, how was it in our motherland and its affairs ?

              I am not a party supporter, but I hat off to RANIL today to have settled the dust to some extent. The worries and anxieties of people were growing last April.
              ,
              No moral and ethical values were considered at all. SRILANKA culture was made upside down and replaced with RASCAL culture and doctrine, created by Hambantota thieves.

              Please compare this man in the video and discuss it with that of MaRa s behaviour. That will clear your doubts for sure.
              ,
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gptw0RaiNLo
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op0YRf_ks1Q

              Scapegoating of RANIL and even CBK (wihthout CBK things would have been much worse in the aftermath of TSUNAMI disaster in De 2004)and other politicians saved the nation again and again. My sadeness is yet today, people in whopple amounts behave further slaves to Rajapakshe dogs. In a civilized culture, they would have been cornered by every way.

              tbc

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                3

                Prof. Kovoor made it very clear a few decades ago, regardless of the education, south asians would put their MYTHICAL and SORCERY HALLOZINATIONs above in their day today life.
                .
                But today, except you and me or a few others, many avoid speaking the truth for fear of white vans or other underworld threats. Even today, Rajapaksa is too intertwined with myths. You will see it through today’s screens for sinhala avurudu, “Nationy#s buffaloe” and et how auspicious these days. The sad reality is that when he will relieve this country forever, is still not auspiciously clear to the astrological community.

                The shameless nature of Sri Lankans became their own destiny as of today.

                They ask for new reforms, but when it is there to bring them, they bring conspiracy theories to kick them.
                . I don’t believe in so called Karma today, however I do believe that truths and facts lead to a better human life.

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            HT

            You are being too harsh. I suppose the majority are poor souls who are forced to sing for their supper but then again there are those who wag the tail for crumbs from the high table.
            I have seen documentaries of fearless journalists, particularly, in South America, who have paid with their lives for exposing corruption but, unfortunately, we don’t seem to have many of those in SL who stand by their principles.

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              Raj-UK
              Perhaps you are right, I shouldn’t be so harsh on journalist who are afraid to expose the big guns out rightly. After all we have had our fair share of accidents, threats and even deaths to journalist in SL.
              .
              I can understand that, what I can’t understand is when journalist against all logic blindly sing praises for the corrupt for the purpose of lining their pockets.
              .
              What is even more embarrassing is how news agencies like Derana used to go an extra mile in white washing the dirtiest of Politicos by brain washing the innocent mases using various devious means.

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              Did not those “documentaries of fearless journalists” tell one who are the offenders and which big power backs them to stay in power?

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          HT fully agree. How can anyone forget the midnight political coup of a prosti_tute???

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            CHIVE and all,
            .
            Happy new year to you !!!

            Let’s wish our people (all srilankens regardless of race and religion) good with the dawn of this year. But to be honest my hopes are dashed.

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    The “Mandated” period to be considered is between July 224, 1983, to May 18, 2009. The subject matter is “CONFLICT”.

    I hope the famous “Black July” (July 1983) and “JVP Uprising” ( 1989) would be covered within the meaning of “CONFLICT”. During this period UNP, under the Presidency of JRJ was in power. I am particularly interested, among many matters, to learn matters related to the “Burning” down of the Jaffna, Public Library and how that was connected to the “CONFLICT”.

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    Jehan Perera:
    “There was no logic in the attack in which one minority religious group targeted another minority religious group with whom there had been no prior local history of conflict.”

    At the time of the Easter Sunday attacks, Ruwan Wijewardene, the then state minister for defence said in Parliament, “The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch, but we are continuing investigations,” and this, I think, still remains the most sensible explanation for the attacks. Brenton Tarrant, the perpetrator of the Christchurch mosque shootings in NZ, had many names of Christian historical figures who fought successfully against Muslims over the centuries scrawled on this weapons, from whom he drew inspiration for the attacks.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6812729/New-Zealand-killer-scrawled-inspiration-shooting-spree-guns.html

    Among the thousands killed by the Islamic State, which inspired Zahran, the true mastermind of the Easter Sunday attacks according to available evidence, were 21 Coptic Christians who were abducted in Libya and beheaded, according to ISIS, in revenge for the alleged mistreatment of Coptic women converts to Islam by the Egyptian Coptic Church.

    Continued.

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    Continued from my last comment:

    According to a BBC report dated 27 Feb 2015, the group “also indicated that [the Copts] had been targeted because they were part of the ‘nation of the Cross’ – an apparent reference to Christians worldwide – which was waging a ‘Crusader’ war against Islam.”

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      Mr. Leonard Jayawardana
      Your comments usually make a lot of sense, but sadly not this one.
      Let me ask you this, if the Easter attack was a reprisal to the attack in Newzeland, then why were the fingerprints of the Sri Lankan government allover the Easter plot?
      1. The president and high ranking officers turned a deaf ear to multiple intelligence reports from various sources, this has now been proved in court.
      2. There has been evidence that Zaharan was funded by a Sri lankan government agency, does it mean GOSL was in support of the reprisal?
      3. What did Zaharan actually hope to gain for the Muslims in Sri Lanka? As far as I know the Muslims lost out.
      4. There have been so many attacks on Muslims in the world, and vice versa, neither Sri Lanka nor any other islamic country has gotten involved, so what makes you think this is so?
      5. Any concerned Muslim would have considered the consequences of the attack on his people, but this one goes against all logic.
      It can’t be that you can’t see the elephant 8n the room.
      Sorry I think you are either trying to distract us from the actual obvious motive for whatever reason best known to you.

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        HT:

        “…[W]hy were the fingerprints of the Sri Lankan government allover the Easter plot?”

        What were they?

        “The president and high ranking officers turned a deaf ear….”

        What is your evidence for this? Turning a deaf ear and not acting appropriately on received intelligence (incompetence) are two different things. The president (Sira) had nothing to gain politically from turning a deaf ear to intelligence reports if he did indeed receive them.

        “There has been evidence that Zaharan was funded by a Sri lankan government agency…” (Point 2).

        The funding of Zahran, as far as I know, began long before the Easter Sunday attacks. Anyway, your point is not clear.

        “What did Zaharan actually hope to gain for the Muslims in Sri Lanka?” (Point 3).

        What did Brenton Tarrant hope to achieve? Whatever his cause was, he certainly did not succeed in furthering it by his attacks. What did Prabakaran achieve for the Tamils in Sri Lanka? A more detailed response to this question involves discussion of the particular brand of Islam which Zahran subscribed to.

        Point 4–not clear.

        Point 5–this is the same as Point 3 above.

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          HT: “Sorry I think you are either trying to distract us from the actual obvious motive for whatever reason best known to you.”

          Your problem is that you are blinded by unconscious bias and not guided objectively by the evidence in addition not having an adequate knowledge of the subject. I was on my way to my sister’s for a lunch when I first heard about the attacks on the car radio and within minutes I thought–without any one telling me– that it must be the work of local jihadis. When I arrived at my sister’s, she and two others–all of whom fiercely anti-Pohottuwa–were already sure that the Pohottuwa was behind it without having even a shred of evidence for it (not even your “evidence”). When I told my sister that it must be the work of local Islamic jihadis, she asked whether such existed in Sri Lanka! As we sat and watched the tv hour after hour my view became confirmed as more facts came to light.

          On my way home, I gave a lift to a Buddhist monk who was trying to get back to his temple but was stranded because of the situation in the country. He was wondering if the attacks were the work of the LTTE and I “enlightened” him. So here was another instance where bias and limited knowledge led to a wrong view.

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            LJ
            The above comment doesn’t make any sense to me at all.
            Do not compare the spontaneous thoughts of a Buddhist monk to my views.
            I am saying the above after careful analysis of the entire scenario for over 3 years.
            The most important thing we need to remember here is the MOTIVE.
            It goes without saying that the people who gained the most from the attack were Mara and Gota, it was not the Muslims.
            The Muslims along with Christians and even Buddhist lost out massively.
            Mara and Gota came to power and used their power to delete almost 60 ongoing cases against them, and cleaned up the treasury, played every trick in the book to take 4 billion USD in Cash to Uganda.
            Do not be deceived by the pious appearance of Mara and Gota, look at their actions.
            If you still think they are saints, please look again. That family are the cause of our plight. Let us push to punish them and recover the stolen monies from them to quickly patch up our economy.

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            LJ,
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            *The Easter Sunday tragedy was surely a planned assassination by Gota-Mara-Sira on Rajapaksa’s return: Looking back, we wonder how many criminal investigations were filed against the Rajapakses and their henchmen (Alutgamage, Rohitha, Johnston, Ranatunga and many others). Everyone knows. End of 2018. All these are undoubtedly now.
            The Rajapaksa campaign team is today trying to deflect it by assuming that Zaharan’s wife is now dead. All this explains the public’s suspicion that the masterminds behind the brutal killings are none other than Rajapaksa and Sorisena. The brutal Easter disaster left 270 innocent pilgrims dead and thousands injured across the country.

            *The Rajapaksa-Sira slaves who are trying their best to come up with other theories will no longer succeed. Truth will prevail one day. Now after 3 years it becomes clear. Since the beginning of good governance, Sira and Mara were not absolute rivals.It was just acting only. It was made more evident by the isolation of then Prime Minister Ranil after the October 2018 coup.
            In November 2018, the Western world strongly criticized the manner in which the Ministers of Potottuwa were disruptive and riotous in the Parliament of Sri Lanka. There, many leaders from around the world hailed Ranil as the SC order abolished Mara’s prime ministership within weeks.
            Remember?
            Ranil was able to prove that he was more constitutional than the ignorant Mara and Sira.

            tbc

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              *Sira left the country for Singapore or Bangkok claiming it was focused on his medical treatements (GDPR laws will prove that even medical secrecies can be exposed in national disasters when it goes for the human losses of a number of innocient people). This was a big lie and However mlechcha SIRA was forced to do so.
              Fonseka boldly questioned why on earth SIRA as the commander of tri-forces was waiting to take the last flight even after hearing the news of the national calamity,
              – SIRA*’s stupid argument was that he was taking bed rest on the advice of the attending doctors. It was the biggest lie ever; my appeal to due authorities, over to you, please respect the guidelines of “Patient Data Protection Laws” and get the truth from the Elizabeth Hospital administration.They are bound to provide that. I am well aware of the facts regarding GDPR laws because I work for HEALTH CARE:
              :
              *According to YOU LJ, Sira sought no advantage in that disaster however ironically the then Deputy Minister of Defense was not appointed Acting Minister in his absence, further ordering the Army and other forces to stand against the Prime Minister’s recommendations . Who do you and other think you are, how can you guys fool this nation further ?Agenda of the Volksmord took the lives of the innocient people. And the Prime Minister was not allowed to participate in any of the security coucil sessions, and this became clear later.

              tbc

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                cont.
                *According to YOU LJ, Sira sought no advantage in that disaster however ironically the then Deputy Minister of Defense was not appointed Acting Minister in his absence, further ordering the Army and other forces to stand against the Prime Minister’s recommendations . Who do you and other think you are, how can you guys fool this nation further ?Agenda of the Volksmord took the lives of the innocient people. And the Prime Minister was not allowed to participate in any of the security coucil sessions, and this became clear later.

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            Correction. I wrote in an earlier comment:

            “[The buddist monk] was wondering if the attacks were the work of the LTTE and I ‘enlightened’ him. So here was another instance where bias and limited knowledge led to a wrong view.”

            Actually, no bias because that is all the monk could think of given his limited knowledge of the world.

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          LJ
          I beg to differ on this point of yours ” The president (Sira) had nothing to gain politically from turning a deaf ear to intelligence reports if he did indeed receive them”, are you forgetting that Sira and Mara ousted RW in October of 2018 and Mara occupied RW’s seat for 56 days?
          In the end Mara had to step down because the people and the court backed RW.
          Sira went ahead to ban RW from attending security meetings.
          It is my strong belief that this was the turning point where Sira and Mara decided to change tactics.
          Do you know that the Toyota Prado Jeep that was used by Zaharan was officially government property.
          Besides, despite the serious investigation that was conducted, the actual mastermind in the case was not named. It certainly was not Zaharan.
          The easter bombing was a master plan hatched and executed to force a change of government back to Mara and Gota.
          The lapses in security report not being read or acted upon by Sira are all excuses and a part of the plan.
          You can believe what you want, but there is no running away from the truth.

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            List of Unanswered Questions about Genocide April 2019:

            *Why did SIRISENA leave the country for Singapore/Bangkok despite the warnings of the Indian RAW?
            Even an incompetent head of state would think twice about leaving the country in such an emergency
            *If it is due to a genuine medical examination, it should be checked and the nation should be informed to clear the doubts of 220 lakh Sri Lankan citizens .
            .
            *Why on earth, despite having a huge row with its own prime minister, why didn’t he appoint an “Acting Defense Minister” to be responsible for national security during his time out of the country?

            * Why are they still not paying serious attention to the crying demands of the victim’s families demanding justice?

            Alas, what a nation ?

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            HT:

            So you seriously think Sira thought that to bring the Rajapakses to power by conspiring with them to perpetrate an atrocity of an unprecedented scale–and that, too, involving people who for the most voted for him (Catholics)–was more important than losing the favour of the very people who voted for him and the populace in general, who, if he had an iota of intelligence should have known, would hold him ultimately responsible for allowing the attacks to happen, thus making a second term of presidency impossible–that is the political cost I was thinking of– not to mention the possible civil and criminal lawsuits that would be filed against him afterwards, which, as we now know, has already happened? Brilliant logic.

            “The easter bombing was a master plan hatched and executed to force a change of government back to Mara and Gota.”

            But without Sira. Aiyo Sirisena, in self-sacrifice you put Jesus Christ to shame! 🤣

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